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GPOD on the Road: Toronto Botanical Garden

Tour of a beautiful public garden

garden with lots of evergreen plants

Friend of the GPOD Cherry Ong took a trip recently from her home on the west coast of Canada to Toronto and sent in some shots from gardens she was able to visit. Today she’s taking us along to see the Toronto Botanical Garden.

stone garden path cutting through garden bedsThis is the Terraced Garden, which is described on the website as “a buffer zone between the parking lot and the gardens. Its underlying structure is built of waste from the original construction site and includes recycled materials such as bottles and bricks for aesthetic purposes.”

garden bench engulfed in green shrubsAnother scene from the Terraced Garden

sculpture of a womans head and hairA sculpture called Windy Day by the artist David White

sculpture in the gardenThis sculpture is titled Balancing Act by Dominic Benhura

shrub with bright yellow flowersYellow peony ‘Bartzella’ (Paeonia ‘Bartzella’, Zones 3–9)

large yellow flowerThis classic peony hybrid between a herbaceous and tree peony is blessed with great vigor and strong stems in addition to beautiful blooms.

large climbing shrub in bloomA climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala, Zones 4–8) makes a dramatic statement in the floral hall courtyard. Climbing hydrangeas take a while to grow and start blooming heavily, but once they do the show is pretty stunning.

garden shed with a green roofThe shed in the Demonstration Courtyard, an interactive outdoor classroom with demonstration areas for courses and workshops, was made from straw bales in 2008.

garden bed full of leafy greensA raised bed in the Demonstration Courtyard

raised rock garden bedA rock garden trough is a perfect way to create a mini garden in a small space.

garden with lots of evergreen plantsThis view is from the top of the Spiral Mound, looking down at the Beryl Ivey Knot Garden. The Spiral Mound has a spiral pathway that leads up to a viewing platform with great views of the garden.

white and yellow peonies amongst many green plantsSingle peonies (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) have just one row of petals around the central mass of stamens. The single forms tend to stand up better without staking than the very full, heavy, double-flowered varieties.


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  1. btucker9675 07/07/2022

    Glorious garden - the sculptures and peonies, oh my!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/08/2022

      Yes it is. Modern with a different positive feel.

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    simplesue 07/07/2022

    Interesting tour! Thanks for sharing!
    Love the roof with grass growing on it, and those Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) growing around the Hydrangea!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/08/2022

      Lots of interesting vignettes that’s for sure.

  3. [email protected] 07/07/2022

    What a fun garden! I, too, noticed the horsetail, but with horror- have had to battle it here outside of Seattle! Interesting to see how one gardener's treasure is another gardener's disaster! But this is another lovely shared garden visit. Thanks, Cherry!

    1. perenniallycrazy 07/08/2022

      Thank you. Good luck with your horsetail battle!

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